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Marte Leads District 1 City Council Race; Rivera Cruises to Victory

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Following New York City’s democratic primary June 22, Chris Marte holds a sizable lead in the District 1 City Council contest. But since results from absentee ballots and ranked choice ballots for rounds 2-5 will trickle out once a week until mid-July, it will be awhile before we have certified election results.

Here are the unofficial results from primary day:

Chris Marte: 40.14% (7,556 votes)
Jenny Low: 17.45% (3,286 votes)
Gigi Li: 15.77% (2,969 votes)
Maud Maron: 8.66% (1,630 votes)
Susan Lee: 7.80% (1,469 votes)
Sean Hayes: 3.76% (708 votes)
Tiffany Johnson-Winbush: 3.47% (654 votes)
Susan Damplo: 1.50% (282 votes)
Denny Salas: 1.25% (236 votes)

Candidates in the primary election needed to pull in over 50% of the vote to win outright. All of the candidates were vying to succeed Margaret Chin, who is term limited. District 1 includes the Lower East Side and Chinatown, as well as most of the rest of Lower Manhattan.

In District 2, which covers the area above Houston Street (as well as a few buildings below East Houston), Carlina Rivera sailed to an easy victory in her primary election.

In preliminary results, she had 73.65% (13,326 votes). Challenger Erin Hussein had 26.61% (4,881 votes). Assuming she goes ahead to win the general election (a sure bet in heavily Democratic District 2), Rivera will serve a second term and be in position as a possible speaker of the City Council. She is one of several Council members who have been talked about to succeed Corey Johnson in that key role. .

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